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Students in Kiev demand the education minister to resign

February 20, 2012, 14:39 UTC+3
Students demand the minister to resign because Ukraine's history and world history were unified in the school curriculum
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KIEV, February 20 (Itar-Tass) —— About 200 students gathered outside the Ukrainian parliament building on Monday, demanding resignation of the Minister of Education, Science, the Youth and Sport, Dmitry Tabachnik.

Students demand the minister to resign because Ukraine's history and world history were unified in the school curriculum.

The protesters hold posters demanding "Tabachnik, Return Ukrainian Language and History to Schools”, "For High-Quality Education, for Free Students".

Earlier, students held a meeting outside the building of the cabinet of ministers, chanting "We'll go to classes, if Tabachnik is taken to jail".

Information appeared in media earlier that according to new school curricula for the fifth-ninth grades, the number of the Ukrainian language and literature classes would be reduced and the subject of Ukrainian history would be removed.

Tabachnik stated the Ministry of Education had no connection with the project, as it was being worked out by a group of scholars from the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. He also denied that the ministry intended to remove Ukrainian history from the curriculum for the fifth-ninth grades and unify it with world history.

"It is an absolute lie. Nobody will mix the subjects," Tabachnik said.

At the same time the minister noted that history and Ukrainian language hours might be reduced to give time to informatics and a second foreign language classes.

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